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  • Ramon Pichs Madruga, Co-Chairman of the IPCC Working Group III, Ottmar Edenhofer, Co-Chairman of the IPCC Working Group III, and Rejendra K. Pachauri, Chairman of the IPCC, from left, pose prior to a press conference as part of a meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, April 13, 2014. The panel met from April 7, 2014 until April 12, 2014 in the German capital.  (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

    U.N. climate experts call for 'near zero' emissions, global taxes

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Climate change experts affiliated with the United Nations said the only way to turn back the clock on global warming-type disasters is to force all the nations of the world to keep all production and energy activities to a "near zero" carbon emission level — and to mandate taxes and fees across the world. Published April 14, 2014

  • Ohio geologists link seismic activity to fracking

    By Julie Carr Smyth - Associated Press

    State geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquake activity in the Marcellus Shale basin to hydraulic fracturing, confirming the suspicions of activists pushing for drilling limits in the interest of public health. Published April 11, 2014

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    Death by solar farms: 71 species of birds killed, 'entire food chains' disrupted

    By Douglas Ernst - The Washington Times

    A new report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finds that solar facilities in California are acting like "mega traps" that kill and injure birds. As a result, "entire food chains" are being disrupted. Published April 11, 2014

  • ** FILE ** President Obama reacts during an Oval Office meeting. (credit: White House photo/Pete Souza)

    Friendly fire: A dozen Dems hound Obama for Keystone pipeline decision

    By Ben Wolfgang - The Washington Times

    Nearly a dozen Democratic senators on Thursday pleaded with President Obama to make a decision on the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline by the end of next month. Published April 10, 2014

  • Lawyer Steven Donziger, right, speaks to  Huaorani women during this first day of the trial against Chevron-Texaco, in Lago Agrio, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2003. A decade after Texaco pulled out of the Amazon jungle, the U.S. petroleum giant went on trial Tuesday in a lawsuit filed on behalf of 30,000 poor Ecuadoreans who say the company's 20 years of drilling poisoned their homeland.  (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

    Environmental firm cited in Chevron fraud case got federal contracts

    By Kellan Howell - The Washington Times

    The environmental consulting firm accused by a judge of assisting "egregious fraud" by plaintiffs in the highly publicized lawsuit against Chevron Corp. successively received multimillion-dollar contracts from the U.S. government, including work on the infamous BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Published April 10, 2014

  • Remote Alaskan villages rely on air travel for access to major hospitals. In King Cove, however, the Interior Department has refused to allow a 10-mile gravel road to the airport at Cold Bay. Nineteen people have died there in airplane crashes at a makeshift airport in King Cove, some of them emergency responders and patients attempting to reach the regional hospital in Anchorage. (Associated Press)

    Alaska to sue Interior Department for road to reach medical aid

    By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times

    Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell announced Monday that the state will sue the Obama administration to allow construction of a 10-mile road to give residents of a remote fishing village access to emergency medical flights at an all-weather airport. Published April 7, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore is releasing a sequel to "An Inconvenient Truth," his 2006 Academy Award-winning documentary on climate change. Details are forthcoming. (Associated Press)

    Americans show little concern about climate change: Gallup poll

    By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

    Most Americans continue to show low levels of concern about climate change, with little more than a third saying they worry "a great deal" about it. Published April 4, 2014

  • ** FILE ** In this Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, file photo, a salesmen at a car dealer digs out cars covered in snow at a dealership in Indianapolis, as temperatures hovered around zero.  The subzero cold followed inches of snow and high winds that made traveling treacherous. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

    Indiana air quality deputy smacked down for climate warming joke

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    An Indiana assistant commissioner who works for the state's Department of Environmental Management has learned a harsh lesson from colleagues who are fast in the middle of the climate change crowd: Don't make jokes about global warming. Published April 4, 2014

  • Workers and volunteers search for articles and belongings at the scene of the deadly March 22 mudslide, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Oso, Wash. The number of confirmed dead has reached 24. More than two dozen people remain missing, authorities have said. (AP Photo/The Herald, Sofia Jaramillo, Pool)

    Washington governor asks for disaster aid as mudslide death toll climbs

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Washington Gov. Jay Inslee asked the federal government to issue a disaster declaration for the state, just after the confirmed death toll from the recent mudslides hit 24. Published April 1, 2014

  • A man picks up fallen goods at a CVS store after an earthquake on Friday, March 28, 2014, in La Mirada, Calif. A magnitude-5.1 earthquake was widely felt in the Los Angeles area and surrounding counties Friday evening, but authorities said there were no immediate reports of significant damages or injuries. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Experts ID fault that could unleash 'earthquake from hell' on L.A.

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    A fault that runs beneath the ground of Los Angeles that sent the city on unsteady ground over the weekend could actually be the one that causes the massive earthquake that devastates the entire community, experts warned. Published March 31, 2014

  • Heaven and hell: A mudslide has devastated Oso, Wash., a type of community that has become popular among retirees. (Associated Press)

    In wild West, growing battle of man vs. nature

    By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times

    The deadly mudslide in Washington state offers a grim perspective on an issue bedeviling the West: homebuyers who move beyond the suburbs and build their houses up against, and even into, the wilderness. Published March 27, 2014

  • In this Feb. 10, 2014, photo, a farmer shows a cluster of dead snails prior to being prepared for planting at a rice field in Calamba city, Laguna province, about 70 kilometers (44 miles) south of Manila, Philippines. The aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines has added urgency to finding a solution to a longstanding problem: Less than 10 percent of farmers have crop insurance, and while its advantages are widely understood, few can afford it. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    U.N. climate author withdraws because the report has become 'too alarmist'

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    One of the authors of a U.N. draft report on climate change pulled out of the writing team, saying his colleagues were pulling too far to the left and issuing unfounded "alarmist" claims at the expense of real solutions. Published March 27, 2014

  • Remote Alaskan villages rely on air travel for access to major hospitals. In King Cove, however, the Interior Department has refused to allow a 10-mile gravel road to the airport at Cold Bay. Nineteen people have died there in airplane crashes at a makeshift airport in King Cove, some of them emergency responders and patients attempting to reach the regional hospital in Anchorage. (Associated Press)

    Alaskans battle for survival against feds' protection of migratory birds

    By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times

    Washington's refusal to allow a 10-mile gravel road between King Cove and the airport at Cold Bay is a matter of life or death for Alaskans who rely on quick access to airports and hospital flights as much as migratory birds rely on the eel grass that the Interior Department would rather preserve. Published March 26, 2014

  • A worker helps monitor water pumping pressure and temperature at a hydraulic fracturing and extraction site outside Rifle, in western Colorado. The increased use of fracking has raised concerns that the chemicals used could seep into groundwater, either through faulty wells or if it is not disposed of properly. (Associated Press)

    Fracking initiatives start to fracture Colorado

    By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times

    A gusher of proposed ballot initiatives on hydraulic fracturing is poised to flood the November ballot as Colorado digs in for a gritty election battle between the oil and gas industry and environmentalists. Published March 24, 2014

  • Roads along the Yalu River are inundated by floodwaters in Dandong in northeast China's Liaoning province on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010. The Yalu, which marks China's border with North Korea, breached a dike Saturday after torrential rains, forcing the evacuation of more than 94,000 people. (AP Photos/Xinhua News Agency, Zhao Guiliang)

    U.N. blames humans for wild weather patterns of 2013

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    A weather agency affiliated with the United Nations said in a report on Monday that humans are mostly to blame for the wild forecasts that rocked around the world in 2013. Published March 24, 2014

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    Fake CIA agent helped craft sweeping environmental rules while at EPA

    By Jim McElhatton - The Washington Times

    A former high-ranking EPA staffer convicted of stealing nearly $900,000 by pretending to be a CIA spy played a key role in sweeping environmental regulations, according to a report Senate Republicans released Wednesday. Published March 19, 2014

  • ** FILE ** In this Feb. 28, 2014, file photo, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy discusses proposed regulations with coal industry leaders at Dakota Gasification Synfuels Plant in Beulah, N.D. (AP Photo/Kevin Cederstrom, file)

    HURT: $75K a day over a pond: Your corrupt EPA thugs at work

    By Charles Hurt

    If a man's home is his castle, then his land is his kingdom. Published March 18, 2014

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    EPA arms Democrats with data, snubs Republicans

    By Jim McElhatton - The Washington Times

    With midterm elections not far off, Democratic opposition researchers are armed with thousands of pages of records obtained from the Environmental Protection Agency, far outpacing known Republican efforts to pry information loose from the agency. Published March 18, 2014

  • Walking a tightrope: Sen. Mark Begich is facing fights over environmental issues in his re-election bid as he tries to balance Democratic ideals with energy development in a conservative state. (Associated Press)

    Climate change talk brings chills to Alaska Democrat; GOP exploits issue in oil-rich states

    By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times

    The Senate Democrats' decision to issue a national wake-up call on climate change didn't exactly come at a great time for Democrats like Sen. Mark Begich. Published March 17, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican. (Associated Press)

    Senators deluged by complaints void 2-year-old flood insurance plan before 10-day break

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    Just two years after it fixed the federal flood insurance program to make homeowners pay premiums commensurate with their risk, Congress on Thursday reversed some of those reforms, bowing to political pressure from constituents shocked at how high their premiums jumped. Published March 13, 2014

  • FILE - In this June 7, 2013 file photo, surfers pass in front of the San Onofre nuclear power plant in San Onofre, Calif. More than two years after the San Onofre nuclear power plant stopped production, state regulators planned to make a major decision toward filling the hole left as they consider a proposal on Thursday March 13, 2014. The proposal would allow the plant's co-owners to find replacement power. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

    Calif. green energy fails to fill void left by closed nuclear plant; regulators seek new options

    By Associated Press

    California regulators Thursday approved a plan for two utilities to develop replacement power to help fill the void left by the closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant, but environmentalists warned it could open the way for more dirty energy. Published March 13, 2014

  • Joe Mendelson, the majority chief climate counsel with the Senate Committee on Environment, right, and other Senate staffers, wait outside the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, as Democratic senators finish an all-night session warning of the devastation from climate change and the danger of inaction.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Climate change not a top concern of Americans, poll shows

    By Jacqueline Klimas - The Washington Times

    Though climate change is a priority for senators, who spent close to 15 hours discussing it on the Senate floor earlier this week, it's not a top concern for constituents, a poll released Wednesday found. Published March 12, 2014

  • IG questions EPA stimulus spending on train refurbishing in California

    By Phillip Swarts - The Washington Times

    Government officials can't be sure that a nearly $9 million grant from President Obama's 2009 stimulus law has actually created jobs and reduced air pollution in southern California, a new watchdog report says. Published March 11, 2014

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    Climate talkathon meant to raise awareness, spur action

    By Jacqueline Klimas - The Washington Times

    Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont independent, said Monday that the planned Democratic talkathon Monday night is to raise awareness among the general public that climate change is an urgent issue. Published March 10, 2014

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    Golden Hammer: Watchdog says power plant cost overruns poorly managed

    By Phillip Swarts - The Washington Times

    The oft-criticized Energy Department is again in the spotlight, as a government watchdog says the agency has done a poor job of managing cost overruns at the agency's South Carolina Savannah River Site. Published February 27, 2014

  • **FILE** Smoke rises from the Colstrip Steam Electric Station, a coal burning power plant in in Colstrip, Mont., on July 1, 2013. Colstrip is kind of plant called on by President Barack Obama's climate change plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. On Feb. 24, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on the unanimous federal appeals court ruling that upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's unprecedented regulations, aimed at reducing the greenhouse gases blamed for global warming. The case comes to the court amid Obama's increasing use of his executive authority to act on environmental and other matters when Congress doesn't, or won't. (Associated Press)

    Greenpeace co-founder says 'no scientific proof' humans cause climate change

    By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times

    A co-founder of Greenpeace told a Senate panel on Tuesday that there is no scientific evidence to back claims that humans are the "dominant cause" of climate change. Published February 26, 2014

  • A worker uses hand signals to communicate with a co-worker over the sound of massive pumps at an Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. hydraulic fracturing and extraction site, outside Rifle, in western Colorado. Environmentalists are still waiting for proof that hydraulic fracturing makes people sick, but that's not stopping them from whipping up anxiety over public health. (Associated Press)

    Health links hyped to drive fear of fracking despite studies that fail to back up claims

    By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times

    Environmentalists are still waiting for proof that hydraulic fracturing makes people sick, but that's not stopping them from whipping up anxiety over public health. Published February 25, 2014

  • Environmentalists are heartened by a judge's decision last week that struck down a law allowing the Keystone XL pipeline to run through Nebraska. The law, approved by Gov. Dave Heineman, a Republican, could have been used to force landowners to allow the pipeline on their property. The Nebraska attorney general is appealing the ruling, which is likely to further delay the project. (Associated Press)

    Ruling by Nebraska judge lets Obama drag feet on Keystone XL pipeline

    By Ben Wolfgang - The Washington Times

    President Obama appears willing to put off a decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline at least until the midterm elections have passed, and a Nebraska judge now has given him the ability to do that. Published February 23, 2014

  • Pumped up: Salym Petroleum Development workers soon could be drilling for shale, or tight, oil. A venture between Gazprom Neft and Shell have announced plans to drill the first horizontal appraisal well in Russia. (Associated Press)

    Siberian shale find fuels Russia's fracking future

    By Patrice Hill - The Washington Times

    Russia is showing the world that it does things in a big way at the Sochi Olympics. Now, at the opposite end of the vast country, Russia is aiming to be the next big player in the global shale oil revolution. Published February 18, 2014

  • **FILE** President Barack Obama speaks to reporters on Air Force One shortly after landing in Springfield, Ill., Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Obama orders new auto fuel standards

    By Dave Boyer - The Washington Times

    As part of his efforts to combat climate change, President Obama will order the EPA Tuesday to issue a new round of regulations by March 2016 requiring auto manufacturers to boost fuel efficiency in medium and heavy-duty vehicles, a White House official said. Published February 18, 2014

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    FEULNER: The energy potential of fracking

    By Ed Feulner - The Washington Times

    Say you were a politician and there was a clean and abundant domestic energy source -- one that has the potential to create jobs and revitalize local economies. Would you do more to encourage it? Published February 19, 2013

  • Illustration: Green jobs by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    EDITORIAL: Green power to the people

    By THE WASHINGTON TIMES - The Washington Times

    Energy is the key to America's economic future. In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama promised to fundamentally transform the nation into one increasingly dependent on sunshine and breezes to power the economy. Published February 14, 2013

  • Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    HARRIS: Obama's path toward energy poverty

    By Tom Harris

    In his inaugural address last week, President Obama demonstrated that he is putting people at risk with misguided climate and energy policies. Published January 30, 2013

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    HOLT: International relations get a jolt from U.S. energy

    By David Holt

    There is an energy revolution under way in the United States. Booming oil and natural gas production is transforming our economic outlook, ushering newfound wealth to our rural areas and providing high-paying jobs for middle-class workers across the country. Published January 23, 2013

  • OVERBECK: Damon's 'Promised Land' ignores EPA, touts fracking myths

    By Joy Overbeck

    Matt Damon wanted to do a hit piece on fracking, the process by which natural gas is extracted from shale deposits deep in the ground. Published January 4, 2013

  • EDITORIAL: Fracking flick channels science fiction

    By THE WASHINGTON TIMES - The Washington Times

    If you don't have the facts on your side, make some up. That's Hollywood's typical scheme for pushing its left-wing views on American audiences. Published January 1, 2013

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